THE PRIZE FOR THE 21 BEST POETRY BOOKS OF THE 21ST CENTURY, IN ENGLISH
one-off major international award, to be judged by a large panel of
many leading poets, critics and scholars. It will identify, celebrate and
reward the poets and publishers of small,
medium and large presses who have created the very best poetry collections in
the English language in the past 17
and their publisher will both receive £250 each, and an invitation to read at
the gala awards ceremony in the UK, AT Pembroke College, Cambridge University, 2018.
The BEST BOOK
OF THE 21ST CENTURY will be awarded £2,100, ADDITIONALLY.
ALL 21 winning
books will be on display at the gala, and widely publicised at our
award-winning blog, and via social media. Submissions close LAST DAY OF MARCH 2018.
have been selected to represent all schools and styles of contemporary poetics,
and hail from Australia, America, Canada, India, Ireland, and the UK. The full list of judges is listed below.
ALL SINGLE-AUTHOR POETRY
COLLECTIONS, including pamphlets, PUBLISHED 2000-2017 are eligible; this
includes all poetry collections, including self-published books (in which case the author would also win the publisher award). The
publications must have appeared in physical form on paper, PRINTED in whatever format
(i.e. from perfect bound, to loose sheets in a box).
publishers, and members of the public who wish to submit (in other words, nominate) a book may do so.
Publishers, poets, and the public are free to submit/nominate as many books as they wish. You may nominate your own work.
Once a book
has been submitted, it will be publicly recorded (title, author and publisher listed) on our BLOG HERE WITHIN 72 HOURS – duplications
will be refunded. Each book will require one copy to be physically submitted
within one month of submitting the name. All books are to be posted to the
Eyewear postal address: Suite 333, 19-21 Crawford Street, London, UK, W1H 1PJ.
shortlisted books will go to the judging panel. Judges will select what they consider the best book from the books they are given to judge. All other books will be donated
to charity shops.
The sifting panel will consist of the Eyewear editorial board, including Todd Swift, Alexandra Payne and Rosanna Hildyard, in consultation with members of the final judges' panel.
judging panel comprises* : FULL BIOGRAPHIES AND NAMES HERE
* The panel of
judges may change, without invalidating the competition, as the large pool of
judges guarantees a degree of continuity.
must be made via Eyewear Publishing Ltd’s Submittable page. The fee to submit
each title is £20. This will help defray the cost of the prize.
must be original work, by a single
author, published in the English language in the years 2000 to 2017. There are
no restrictions on style or subject matter. Eyewear staff encourage writers from
diverse backgrounds, as well as indie and small press poets, to submit
their work. SELECTEDS, COLLECTEDS and WORKS OF TRANSLATION will not be
considered. POSTHUMOUS collections may be submitted.
All poets over
the age of 18 from anywhere in the world are eligible.
Code of Ethics
• All entries
will be screened by the Eyewear Publishing Ltd staff.
• Given the
large panel size, there are no limits on submissions relating to connections to
a particular judge, since we will require each judge to recuse themselves from
any decision involving a former or current student, friend, partner, family
member, or close colleague.
• Authors’ works of poetry published by Eyewear
Publishing Ltd are not eligible.
This prize is
given in a spirit of open reflection and welcome, and acknowledges that prizes
are by their very nature somewhat invidious - but the alternative - to not seek
what appears most worth reading - in an age where the poetry book is always
potentially at risk from competing forms of entertainment and media - seems
Publishing Ltd reserves the right to cancel the prize due to unforeseen
circumstances at any time, at which point, all monies and books submitted will
be returned within 3 months.